We haven’t seen a lot of Windows Phone devices with a physical QWERTY keyboard. We could see one from Acer pretty soon though. Windows Phone 8 is said to bring forth a bundle of changes, including improved OEM support for slide out QWERTY keyboards. The handset, tipped to be the Acer W11 is slated to be announced in September with a launch believed to happen in October. Acer already has a WP7 smartphone in its kitty with the Acer Allegro, and this would sit pretty well in its lineup.
Assuming that the new W11 is real, it will be interesting to watch how the market responds to it. A Nokia WP8 QWERTY smartphone has also been rumored, so the trend could change considerably in the Windows Phone arena. Sadly, this is all we know about the device for now. But we hope to get a clearer pattern as the days progress. It seems to me that lesser known mobile manufacturers like Acer want to get into the mix. With the Allegro being the only WP7 smartphone to its credit, we’re certain that there would be a lot more in the future. As for the W11, make sure to take it with a pinch of salt since none of this is confirmed.